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EA delays Battlefield 5 to late November

Battlefield 5 won’t be arriving this October as promised. Instead, the game will release November 20th.

EA confirmed the delay this morning via DICE’s General Manager, Oskar Gabrielson. In a blog post, Gabrielson talks about the community feedback DICE received during the convention season:

Today, we’re announcing that Battlefield V will have a new launch date – November 20, 2018. I wanted to give you a little bit of insight into how we arrived at this new date.

Over the summer, we’ve had tens of thousands of players get their hands on the game during our Closed Alphas and at E3 and Gamescom – where we were honored to receive the awards for Best Multiplayer Game at both shows.

Gabrielson goes on to discuss the positive feedback they received on “improved weapons handling” and the revamped player movement. He also brings up the team’s current focuses as they polish the game for release.

You’ve also spurred us to make some meaningful improvements to the core gameplay experience, including adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction. You’ll see a lot of these reflected in our Open Beta that starts on September 6.

With the Open Beta just around the corner, we are excited about the millions of you who will join us and experience the game. And we fully expect to see even more feedback coming our way.

And that’s why we’re moving our launch date. We’re going to take the time to continue to make some final adjustments to core gameplay, and to ensure we really deliver on the potential of Tides of War.

Yes, the open beta for the game is still set for September. While we hope this leads to a great launch, historically Battlefield games don’t come without their bugs and glitches.

Coincidentally, EA might be delaying Battlefield 5 to avoid Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, two juggernaut titles also launching in October. Smart move. Now the only competition is… Fallout 76. Oh.